Author - Howard A. Schmidt

Howard A. Schmidt has had a distinguished career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security spanning almost 40 years. He most recently served in the position of Chief Security Strategist for the U.S. CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security.

He retired from the White House after 31 years in public service. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of Critical Infrastructure Protection and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security in 2001. Prior to the White House, he was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp. Howard was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team.

Howard served with the U.S. Air Force in various roles from 1967 to 1983, and as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves he is a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division . He also serves as the international president of the ISSA and was the first president of IT-ISAC. He served as an augmented member to the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in the formation of an Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection.

Howard has been appointed to the ISPAB to advise the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security and privacy issues pertaining to Federal Government information systems.


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